Tastify your groove!

A simple approach to linear drumming

Check out this lesson series to improve your linear drumming skills

This chop is the first of several triplet based licks that I will be uploading over the next month or so. The idea is to teach several triplet stickings, concepts, or short fills that can be used on their own or combined together to make longer more complicated fills. Each one can also be used in a groove context, as a fill starter, or a way to get out of a fill. This first lick is KRLK/R. it is first taught using the snare drum, moving to the toms, and finally at 4:00 is taught using the hi-hat and cymbals. I hope you are helped by this lesson, many more on the way.

What is Linear drumming?

Linear drumming is an approach to playing grooves and fills where no two limbs play a note at the same time.  In a normal rock beat for example, you would play the hi-hat on all the eighth notes and the snare drum will be played together with the hi-hat on the 2 and the 4.  If the bass drum plays on any of the eighth notes it will be with the hi-hat as well.  

In a linear rock groove, on the other hand, you would refrain from hitting the hi hat on beats 2 and 4 when the snare is played.  you would also not play the hi-hat with any bass drum note.  

This style of drumming can often be heard in funk, and gospel music.  It can be applied to grooves, but also sounds great when applied to fills.  Many of the “gospel chops” you hear are linear fills.  In this lesson series you will learn many linear concepts for grooves and fills.  You will also notice that not every concept is strictly linear, some are quasi-linear or mostly linear.  This is my favorite way to apply this technique, just sprinkle a little linear in for some spice.

Why should you learn this concept?

This style of playing can make you feel a little off balance at first because you lose the constant pulse of the hi-hat.  It can be a little frustrating, but I promise it is worth your time and here are a few reasons why: 

1. You will gain a better sense of time, meaning your groove will sound better because you will begin to hear exactly where every note in the measure should be. 
2.  You will learn how to use your feet like extra hands.  Your ability to use your hi-hat and bass drum will increase
3.  These types of grooves and fills sound amazing, and when used at the right time can really turn some heads

Please let me know in the comments if you need additional help or exercises.  Don’t worry about the speed I am playing at, start slow, practice slowly and perfectly, and speed will come in time.

Please check out the PDF below for some additional groove ideas

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